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The Notebook (2004)

Director:
Nick Cassavetes
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Romance
NORWEGIAN TITLE
The Notebook
RUNNING TIME
123 minutes
Producer:
Lynn Harris
Mark Johnson
Screenwriter (based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks):
Jeremy Leven
Jan Sardi


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Noah Callhoun Ryan Gosling ˝
Allie Hamilton Rachel McAdams ˝
Duke James Garner ˝
Allie Calhoun Gena Rowlands
Frank Calhoun Sam Shephard
Anne Hamilton Joan Allen ˝
John Hamilton David Thornton ˝
Lon Hammond Jr. James Marsden ˝
Harry Ed Grady
Nurse Selma Jennifer Echols
Barker Geoffrey Knight
Fin Kevin Connolly

 

Review

The Notebook is a sweet and desperately well-intended film aiming for our sentimental vein and probably succeeding to some extent for most viewers. Although the vague and obligatory-feeling opening does little to set our two protagonists apart or take us back into the 1940s, the heartfelt romance which slowly develops is alluring. Perhaps it is exactly the film's kindness (there are exclusively good people in this film) which makes us feel for our characters, because the nicer your fiancé is and the more understanding your parents are, the more difficult it is to cross them. I do suspect that The Notebook paints an overly romanticized picture of life for workmen and uneducated people in the 1940s USA, but I am willing to go with it, because Ryan Gosling and Sam Shepard are believeable actors and because director Nick Cassavetes intercuts the melodious 1940s scenes with a tender account of two elderly protagonists, of which she suffers from dementia and he refuses to give her up. This segment, like the rest of the film, is both sad and beautiful - but in the end a touch too rose-tinted.

Copyright © 13.11.2008 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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